Bakken Elementary School students in Williston, ND have got an opportunity, via Culture Club, to learn about Ethiopia classroom setting

By Lee Zion (Williston Herald) |

WILLISTON, N.D.―Thomas Haskins remembers some of the experiences from his native Ethiopia, where he lived until he was 7. He played with an old bicycle tire, which was his toy. He and his friends also played a game where they would use a stick to hit a ball as far as it could go. Just like baseball — except the next part was that the first person to find the ball got to hit it again.

Thomas didn’t remember the name of this game, or even if they had a name for it.

Thomas, now 12, is a student at Bakken Elementary. He and his mother, Besky Haskins, led the after-school discussion with his fellow sixth-graders on what Ethiopia was like.

This is Culture Club. Lauren Stone, sixth grade social studies teacher, said the students learn about a different country, once a month.

The Culture Club is part of another effort Stone runs called S.T.E.W. Crew, or Students Touring to Experience the World. The S.T.E.W. students travel overseas, while the Culture Club students learn about other countries in a classroom setting, she said.

Stone said she knew that Thomas, one of her students, came from Ethiopia. This was a perfect opportunity for him, she said.

Thomas described how he felt when he was asked.

“It was cool. Like, it was kinda cool,” he said.

Thomas showed several photos of his time in Ethiopia, including the transition home where his mother first met him. The two of them also brought several artifacts from Ethiopia, including drawings made on banana leaves, money from Ethiopia, toys and more.

Continue reading this story at Williston Herald
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